Light (Núr)

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Sydney, Australia:

Fiona Gohari ©

Paint peels and curls in the basking sunlight as new layers only reveal our older truths.

“Grant Thine infinite bestowals, and let the light of Thy guidance shine. Illumine the eyes, gladden the hearts with abiding joy.” ~Abdul-Baha

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Perth, Australia:

Shirin Marshall ©

“Perpetuate his existence in Thine exalted rose garden, that he may plunge into the sea of light in the world of mysteries.”

—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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 Rarotonga, Cook Islands:

Kat Eghdamian ©

“O thou who art directed unto God! Verily, I saw thy photograph and was rejoiced by perceiving thy illumined likeness, which proved the purity of thy heart and thy being well directed unto God. Strive with thy power to paint thy likeness on the pages of the hearts with such beauty as to brighten the minds. That beauty is the splendor of the Merciful and the glad-tidings of thy Lord, the Clement, whereby the faces shine with an eternal light in the course of ages and centuries.” ~‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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 Guam:

Sarah Johnson/Aidan Johnson ©

A son takes a photo of his artwork, his mother helps.

“O thou candle shining by the light of the Love of God!
That which thou hast inscribed and conceived of in thy mind was manifest and clear. The contents indicate spiritual signs and the meanings were like unto a sweet chalice. I trust in God that thy pure mind may become reflective of light; thus thou mayest become prepared for the divine manifestation and attract the light of guidance from the Heavenly Star.
O servant of God! Through the power of God’s love the weak become mighty, the poor become rich, the little bird becomes a great eagle soaring on the ethereal wave, the tiny plant grows into a great palm tree.
O servant of God! Trials and tests are severe. If thou seekest progress and advancement in the Kingdom, remain firm and withstand. When it is possible for thee to visit this land in all fragrance and spirituality, thou art permitted to come.” ~’Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Baha Abbas

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Sydney, Australia:

Bobby Aazami ©

“Surely the day will come when its beauteous light shall shed illumination upon the assemblage of man.”  ~Abdu’l Baha

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Barcelona, Spain:

Negeen Sobhani ©

Sagrada Familia

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London, England:

Sarah Hosney ©

 “O SON OF BEING! Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me. For I have created thee rich and have bountifully shed My favor upon thee.”

~Baha’u’llah: Arabic Hidden Words

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 St. Peter, USA:

Lindsey Lugsch-Tehle ©

“This is the Day in which He Who held converse with God hath attained the light of the Ancient of Days, and quaffed the pure waters of reunion from this Cup that hath caused the seas to swell.” ~Baha’u’llah

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 Silverlake, USA:

Golriz Lucina Gundry ©

“Upon the inmost reality of each and every created thing He hath shed the light of one of His names, and made it a recipient of the glory of one of His attributes.” ~Bahá’u’lláh

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Santa Monica, USA

Sholeh Loehle ©

“It is incumbent upon you to have union and harmony and love and uprightness, and to be characterized with the morals of your Lord, the Clement; to walk in the highway of equity and beneficence. Be ye manifestations of the mercy of God, dawning-places of the light of His great bounty, and arise with all steadfastness, truthfulness, trustworthiness, compassion, modesty, love and accord with the people of the world…” -‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Ulsan, South Korea:

Chad Mauger ©

A fluorescent shop sign lights a quiet side street in Ulsan.
“In the darksome night of despair, my eye turneth expectant and full of hope to the morn of Thy boundless favor and at the hour of dawn my drooping soul is refreshed and strengthened in remembrance of Thy beauty and perfection. He whom the grace of Thy mercy aideth, though he be but a drop, shall become the boundless ocean, and the merest atom which the outpouring of Thy loving-kindness assisteth, shall shine even as the radiant star.”
—‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers (2002 edn), p. 134